Words by Emily Pahl, a hospitality and tourism management major at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who studied abroad with CAPA London during spring semester 2016.
Ever since I was young, I have always had the travel bug. Constantly wanting to explore somewhere new, immerse myself in a culture other than my own, and push myself out of my comfort zone. Finally, my junior year of college, I got the chance to fulfill this urge by studying abroad.
Since I had this insane travel bug, choosing a city and country to live in for the next four months was a challenging decision to say the least. How was I supposed to just choose one?! After lots of thought and consideration, I chose to study abroad in London. Traveling is not for everyone; many people choose to stay in their host country their whole time abroad and really get to know the country. That’s fine! In fact, I wish I had spent more time in my host country. But, if you are like me and want to travel as much as possible while abroad, I would highly recommend basing yourself in London. Not only does London offer about four different airports to fly in and out from, it is easily accessible from anywhere in Europe. Though the city itself is rather expensive, it is the most convenient for travel.
Living somewhere where it is convenient to travel is just half the battle. The next step is figuring out how to travel…especially as a broke college student like myself. Here are ten categories breaking down the best ways to save money while traveling.